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DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/KUST.3

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Students’ Perceptions of the Use and Efficacy of Error Correction Symbols on Written
Drafts
: A Study at the University of Technology and Applied Sciences Ibra, Oman

   Kodhandaraman Chinnathambi
English Language Centre
University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Ibra
Sultanate of Oman
Corresponding author Email: ckodhandaraman@gmail.com

  Jahad Said Hamed Said Al Harthi
  English Language Centre
University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Ibra
Sultanate of Oman

 Latha Anandan
English Language Centre
University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Ibra
Sultanate of Oman
Corresponding author Email: ckodhandaraman@gmail.com

 

Recived: 2/10/2022                 Accepted: 5/2/2022                    Published:7/1/2022

 

Abstract:
The present quantitative research study investigates students’ perceptions of the use and efficacy of error correction symbols on written drafts. The study is significant because it has pedagogical implications for teachers, students, and policymakers.  It answers the pertinent research question “whether the use of error correction symbols on students’ written drafts is helpful for students in improving their writing accuracy or not”.  A structured questionnaire was distributed to students (N=396) via Moodle LMS to collect data. Study participants were General Foundation Program students in the English Language Centre of the University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Ibra, Sultanate of Oman.  The findings of this study suggest that the students found the use of error correction symbols on their written drafts practical, helpful, and effective in improving their writing accuracy.  Nevertheless, a similar research study needs to be conducted in other higher educational institutions in Oman to sustain the policy directions.
Keywords: accuracy, efficacy, error correction, feedback, students’ perceptions, writing

Cite as:   Chinnathambi, K.,  Al Harthi, J.S.H.S., & Anandan, L. (2021). Students’ Perceptions of the Use and Efficacy of Error Correction Symbols on Written Drafts: A Study at the University of Technology and Applied Sciences Ibra, Oman. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Proceedings of  KUST, Iraq Conference 2022  (1) 31-43.  DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/KUST.3

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Received: 2/10/2022
Accepted: 5/2/2022 
Published: 7/1/2022 
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/KUST.3 

Dr. Kodhandaraman Chinnathambi is a Lecturer in English at the University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Ibra, Oman.  He received his PhD in Canadian Literature from the University of Madras, India. He is a member of Board of Directors of TESOL Oman.  Also, he is the Editor of Oman Journal of ELT. His area of interest includes ELT, Theory, and Literature.
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1289-9290

Jahad said Al Harthi is the Head of section of Curriculum and Teaching Methods in ELC at the University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Ibra. She graduated from the University of Queensland with a master’s degree in Applied Sciences in the field of TESOL Studies. She is interested in EFL students’ motivation and assessment. ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5407-3198 

Latha Anandan is a Lecturer in English at the University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Ibra, Oman.  She received her M.A. and M.Phil. from the University of Madras and CELTA from the British Council, Oman. Her area of interest includes ELT, Literature, and Feminism. ORCID ID: 0000-0003-33849-6654